From the Archives: Pitt Pride

Four students holding pride flags on the lawn in front of the Cathedral of LearningAs Pride Month begins, revisit some of the achievements, research and conversations going on at the University of Pittsburgh about and with the LGBTQ+ community. 

This year’s events at Pitt begin with a Rainbow Alliance and Pitt Figure Skating conversation with figure skater Adam Rippon on June 2. 

Pitt Pride: University Again Ranked a Best College for LGBTQ+ Students
In 2020, Pitt was recognized for the fourth time as a “Best College” for LGBT+ students. Take a look through the eyes of a student to see what makes Pitt earn this ranking, and how Pitt can continue to progress. Pitt also made big gains last year in the Athletic Equality Index.

Beyond Pronouns: Supporting Transgender Members of the Campus Community
This spring, Pitt’s Minoritized Orientation and Gender Identities Graduate and Professional Alliance (MOGI) convened a panel of transgender members of the University community to share their own experiences and offer thoughts on what Pitt does well—and what it could do better.

He, She, They: Zooming with Jonathan Van Ness
Relive this semester’s Pitt Program Council conversation with the “Queer Eye” host and activist.

Photos, Personal Stories Featured in ‘I Am’ Project on Transgender Young Adults
During her time at Pitt, now-alumna Kate Koenig created the “I Am_” Project to chronicle the lives of transgender young people through in-depth Q&A interviews and photos. Her work was awarded the Iris Marion Young Award for Community Engagement.

Tackling An Emerging Public Health Crisis
Postdoctoral associate Daniel Jacobson López, who studies sexual assault survivors in the Black, Latino and LGBTQ communities, says the problem is a public health crisis that is getting little attention.

Undergraduate Researcher Takes Deep Dive Into LGBTQ Publications
Now an alum, Regina Futcher used their Summer Undergraduate Research Award to examine a decade of gay print media from the 1960s and 1970s. “I like looking at the archives because history tends to repeat itself. If I can see trends in the 70s and 80s, I can extrapolate from that and see what we can learn in 2020.”

The Feeling’s Mutual
As the pandemic began, members of AQUARIUS, a Pitt student group supporting Asian American members of the LGBTQ+ community, jumped to support communities on and off campus.

Pride Initiatives Earn National Recognition
In 2018, Pitt student Amy Kelley received a $10,000 scholarship and $2,500 in funding support from the first-ever, nationwide Live Proud on Campus contest, sponsored by AT&T and the Human Rights Campaign. The contest’s charge: Develop a project to increase LGBTQIA+ awareness and acceptance on their college campuses.